Every year, an estimated 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2 million girls aged under 15 years become pregnant in developing regions 12. Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2. The global adolescent birth rate has declined from 65 births per women in to 47 births per women in 6.
Inthe teen pregnancy rate reached a new low. It declined by 63 percent from tofrom to 43 pregnancies per 1, females ages 15 to 19—the lowest rate reported since estimates began in Among females younger than 15, there was a 78 percent decline from to from 3.
The Center for Health Statistics has recently developed a system to calculate preliminary teen pregnancy rates for the Oregon Benchmark age category of year olds at the state and county level. This typically occurs a few months before the end of a calendar year. The reporting of abortions to the Center for Health Statistics is often delayed, which will also reduce counts and rates until the data are received.
While many states only collect teen birth rates, North Carolina collects teen pregnancy rates that include births, abortions, and fetal deaths. Knowing how many teen pregnancies occur each year gives us a better sense of how to approach prevention. Key highlights from the most recent data available show that:.
Teen pregnancy rates as of and the percentage of never-married teens who were sexually experienced as of were at historic lows in the United States. For many years states in the South and Southwest have had the highest teen pregnancy rates and states in the Northeast and Upper Midwest have had the lowest. Teen pregnancy data is collected and analyzed to determine changes in trends and to identify problems.
Ina total ofbabies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U.
To examine pregnancy rates and outcomes births and abortions among to year olds and to year olds in all countries for which recent information could be obtained and to examine trends since the mids. Alternate sources of information were used if needed and available. We present estimates primarily for and compare them to estimates published for the mids.